winter_mute_13 wrote:pacers33granger wrote:If the reports of his temper and demeanor are true, you kinda have to wonder if it was the stress of all the above getting to him eventually.
Possible, and also that the stress of the losing situation led some players/staff to badmouth him, when maybe they wouldn't have if the Pacers were winning.
No opinion on how bad this stuff really was, but I remember that similar things were said about Rick Carlisle in Detroit. And then he was hired by the Pacers, where he was mostly fine. Maybe his social skills improved by then, I don't know.pacers33granger wrote:At this point, I think the most reasonable approach is to reassess the rest of the staff and find a respected former head coach or high level assistant. Maybe Atkinson? Joerger was interviewed, but he also had a prickly attitude so that may not work. Maybe we steal Adrian Griffin from Nurse as someone whose respected, a former player, and would know how to deal with Nate.
Yeah, if new Nate stays we would need some vet types, both on the coaching staff and the roster. Maybe even let someone else take over the defense, which might not be something he'd agree to. But I guess we'll see.
I’d be interested to see some in-depth reporting from local beat writers on the assistant coaches, training staff, management, etc. The answers at exit interviews still kind of mesh up with the reports that Nate knows how to “suck up and pi** down”. The players and GM/POBO all seem to personally like him, as he theoretically would suck up to them a lot. But people that he views as underneath him in the Fischer reports all universally loathed him. Hard to say.